The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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By (author) Kim Barker

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  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 302 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 030747738X
  • ISBN 13: 9780307477385
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 107,795

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When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the "Taliban Shuffle" between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter--her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the "forgotten war," finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.

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When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.  

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"Remarkable. . . . [Barker] has written an account of her experiences covering Afghanistan and Pakistan that manages to be hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times " " " ""The Taliban Shuffle" isn't like any other book out there about Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's witty, brilliant, and impossible to put down." --Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" ""The Taliban Shuffle" is part war memoir, part tale of self-discovery that, thanks to Barker's biting honesty and wry wit, manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking." "--""Chicago Tribune" " " "What you'd hear if the reporter never turned off the voice recorder between interviews--brilliant firsthand outtakes that wind up telling us more about the Afghan debacle than any foreign policy briefing." "--""The Seattle Times" "At once funny and harrowing, insightful and appalling. . . . "The Taliban Shuffle" will pull you in so deep that you'll smell the poppies and quake from the bombs." --"The Minneapolis Star Tribune" " " "If you're looking for a window on the challenges facing Afghanistan and Pakistan today--from a resurgent Taliban to American incompetence to Afghan and Pakistani corruption and nepotism--Barker provides a sterling vantage point." --"San Francisco Chronicle " " " "Kim Barker gives a true and amusing picture of hellholes and the reporters on assignment in them. But she breaks the journo code of silence and reveals a trade secret of the hacks who cover hellholes: The hell of the holes is that they're kind of fun." --P. J. O'Rourke ""The Taliban Shuffle" gives us an insider's perspective of Afghanistan and Pakistan--their fascinating cultures, unstable governments, and burgeoning terrorist groups. . . . With dark, self-deprecating humor and shrewd insight, Barker chronicles her experiences as a rookie foreign reporter and the critical years when the Tal